Staff Picks: Jon Stickler

Albums

  • Airbourne – Breakin’ Outta Hell
  • Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake
  • Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
  • Gojira – Magma
  • Metallica – Hardwired… To Self Destruct
  • Anthrax – For All Kings
  • Grand Magus – Sword Songs
  • Black Peaks – Statues
  • Crobot – Welcome to Fat City
  • Whiskey Myers – Mud

Best Song

  • Ghost – Square Hammer

Best Gigs

  • Airbourne, Y Plas at Cardiff University
  • Skindred at Download Festival
  • Terrorvision at Steelhouse Festival
  • Clutch, Great Hall at Cardiff University
  • The Sheepdogs, the Globe in Cardiff

Best of 2016

Spotify Release Radar, Metallica return, Avenged Sevenfold surprise release, Guns N’ Roses announce Not in this Lifetime tour, Ghost’s ‘Popestar’ EP, Creeper, Music Venue Trust’s Fightback, Lemmy’s statue at the Rainbow, Download festival, Steelhouse festival, Ed Force One lands at Cardiff Airport, Stranger Things, #TeamNegan, Westworld, Danny Dyer on Who Do You Think You Are, Green Room, Deadpool, The Magnificent Seven, Star Wars, Tim Peake, Wales at the Euros, the Warnock Effect.

Worst of 2016

Trump, Brexit, Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder, Harambe, death everywhere, Brian Johnson steps down, goodbye Twisted Sister, venues closing, touts, Team Rock goes bust, Metal Hammer shuts down, Lemmy’s statue at the Rainbow, a year without Motörhead, Nick Jonas guitar solo, fuck Vodafone, Pokemon Go, hold the door, Glenn’s eyeball.

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